County round-up: Bairstow's stunning 200 stirs poignant memories for Yorkshire
Friday 06 May 2011
There will have been some misty eyes among older Yorkshire supporters at Trent Bridge yesterday as 21-year-old Jonathan Bairstow not only completed his maiden century but went on to make it a double against Nottinghamshire. With Ryan Sidebottom at the other end as both milestones were passed, there was a poignant link with history.
Their respective fathers, David and Arnie, were Yorkshire teammates in the 1970s and 80s and great friends off the field. The memories, of course, are coloured with sadness because of the tragic circumstances in which Bairstow senior died 13 years ago, taking his own life after suffering from depression.
David was remembered for his fiery, competitive temperament and while Jonathan is more composed – as a character and a batsman – he did not suppress his joy when he reached three figures. Those watching noted a couple of glances towards the skies as he celebrated, an indication perhaps that his father was in his thoughts.
Then again, there was probably an element of relief, too. The youngster revealed his potential in his debut four-day match two years ago, hitting an unbeaten 82 in the second innings against Somerset, but has had to wait until his 35th game, and his 59th innings, to confirm his promise in the time-honoured style.
Not that there was any suggestion of fragile confidence. Having breezed through the 90s with successive fours off Samit Patel before pushing a single to go to a hundred, he could have wobbled at having to break for tea on 199 but his next scoring shot was a six off the same bowler before he was bowled by Steven Mullaney and Yorkshire declared on 534 for 9, with Sidebottom unbeaten on 45 in a partnership of 151.
Earlier Joe Root fell five short of a maiden hundred, edging a catch to wicketkeeper Chris Read as Nottinghamshire, who by the end had only two functioning front-line seamers after injuries to Andre Adams and Ben Phillips, conceded their largest first-innings total at Trent Bridge since August 2009.
Elsewhere, Hampshire, who are bottom of the First Division, toiled in the field for the majority of the day as opponents Sussex posted an impressive 438 at the Rose Bowl. Hampshire reached 145 for 3 in reply at the close of play as opener Liam Dawson (60) weighed in with an important knock as the hosts seek to post a competitive total.
Newly-promoted Worcestershire had started well at Taunton in pursuit of Somerset's 305, but fell from 115 for 3 at lunch to 238 all out, with only Alexei Kervezee (54) showing any real resistance in the afternoon as Steve Kirby took 4 for 64 runs. Somerset finished on 83 for 3 – a lead of 154.
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